Three Alternatives to Green Beer this St. Patrick's Day
Okay. Is anyone else as shocked as I am that it’s already time for St. Patrick’s Day? January seemed like it would never end…and did February even happen? Regardless, here we are already nearing the middle of March.
I really love that March is here, if I’m being totally honest. For me, March has always been a favorite time of year. Maybe it’s the anticipation of change as we enter a new season or that my hope for warmer weather no longer seems so far-fetched. But there’s something about March that seems magical, as if the world begins to wake up from its winter slumber and we start seeing signs of life around us again.
March also means St. Patrick’s Day and since removing alcohol from my life in June of last year, green beer just doesn’t have the same appeal as it once used to. No hate or shame if green beer is your jam! But if you’re like me and looking for something more, I wanted to share three alternatives to green beer that you can sip on this St. Patrick’s Day. All of these recipes are from Medical Medium and I can’t wait for you to check them out (and PS: if you’re not drinking this St. Patrick’s Day, please read on after the recipes for a separate part of this post for you!)!
Chances are, you’ve heard heard of Anthony William / Medical Medium or at the very least, you’ve heard of the celery juice craze taking the world by storm. If you haven’t heard of Medical Medium, I strongly encourage you to check out his website and see what he’s all about; he is absolutely fascinating.
GREEN DRINK #1: CELERY JUICE
We can’t talk about Medical Medium without talking about, you guessed it, celery juice. Anthony William originated the celery juice movement of consuming 16oz of straight celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Have you tried it yet? To be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first. In fact, I really didn’t understand why people weren’t just chomping on some stalks of raw celery — didn’t that have the same effect? As I dug a little deeper, I found out that the one of the primary benefits of celery juice consumption is restored digestive health. I’ve been on a mission to restore my gut health in an attempt to heal my adult acne, so this was very intriguing to me. Anthony says that some of the main healing properties in celery juice are sodium cluster salts. These sodium cluster salts “starve and fight off unwanted pathogens and bacteria and also neutralize toxins, aka a key contributor to all kinds of illnesses.” Over time, these clusters also restore hydrochloric acid and help the liver to produce bile, both of which are critical not only for strong digestion but to help kill off pathogens. Celery juice and its healing properties are most effective when consumed on an empty stomach and as the first thing you ingest for the day. Anthony recommends waiting 15-30 minutes before eating your first real meal of the day after you’ve consumed celery juice.
Here’s what you’ll need to have and do to make your own celery juice:
Ingredients: 1 large bunch celery.
Directions: Rinse the celery and run it through a juicer. You want to aim for at least 16 ounces of fresh celery juice.
Drink immediately for best results.
Alternatively, you can chop the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain well and drink immediately.
To learn more about the celery juice movement through Anthony Williams / Medical Medium, click here.
GREEN DRINK #2: LIVER RESCUE JUICE
I love green juice and am always experimenting with different juice recipes. While I don’t believe that green juices or juices of any kind should be consumed alone or with the intention of replacing a meal, juices are a great way for your body to rapidly absorb nutrients and they’re something I love to have right before I eat to give my body an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Medical Medium’s Liver Rescue Juice, from his book Liver Rescue, is the perfect recipe for anyone who might be new to juicing or who find really green juice (IE green juice without fruit) to be a little “too green” for them.
Here’s what you’ll need to have and do to make this green juice:
Ingredients: 2 apples, 2 cups coarsely chopped pineapple, 1 inch ginger, 1 bunch celery, 1 cup loosely packed parsley (optional additions: 1 cup sprouts, 4 small radishes, 1 cup loosely packed dandelion greens, MB FAVORITE: half of a small jalapeño).
Directions: Run the apples, pineapple, ginger, celery and parsley through a juicer. Choose any or all of the optional additions and run them through the juicer as well. Enjoy immediately for best results and store any leftover juice in an airtight container in the fridge.
TIP: Alternatively, blend all of the ingredients together in a high-speed blender until liquified and then strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
GREEN DRINK #3: GREEN SMOOTHIE
Our final green beer alternative is an easy green smoothie recipe. Smoothies are something I love to have year-round (yep, even in the winter!) because they’re so easy to whip up and such a quick way to get nourishing properties into the body. A tip that I have for buying produce for smoothies, especially in the winter months: buy frozen in bulk at places like Costo or Sam’s Club. Costco always has an awesome selection of frozen organic fruit and fresh produce for cheap. Using frozen fruit means that you have more time to use it since it’s frozen and won’t go bad as quickly.
Here’s what you’ll need to have and do to make this green smoothie from Medical Medium:
Ingredients: 1 frozen banana, 2 fresh bananas, 4 kiwi fruit, skin removed, juice of 1/2 lime, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 to 1 cup water (optional additions: 1 tsp barley grass juice powder).
Directions: Blend the spinach with 1/2 cup of water. Add the rest of the smoothie ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth, adding in more water for a thinner consistency. Blend until desired consistency is reached, pour into glass and enjoy!
I hope that you’ll try these recipes out and take the time to find out more about Anthony William of Medical Medium! If you’d like me to do another post about him specifically, please let me know! I’d be more than happy to do so. : )
And to all of my lovely humans refraining from alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day…
Please know that you do not have to drink! I repeat: you do 👏🏻not 👏🏻have 👏🏻to 👏🏻drink👏🏻!
Here are some tips for embracing St. Patrick’s Day sober:
Sign up for a St. Patrick’s Day race. There are always races and runs that happen on St. Patrick’s Day, so sign up for one! Starting your day by doing something healthy for yourself, like physical activity first thing in the morning, can improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety, stress or depression. Plus, by committing yourself to a race in the morning, you’re less likely to go out or drink the night before. Bonus: the race will take up a good part of your morning aka the time of day when other people are starting to head to the bar.
If you are going to go out with friends, offer to be the DD. I’ve said this before in other conversations around navigating social situations without alcohol but offering to be the designated driver is truly such an easy solution: you’re not tempted to drink because you’re driving and your friends are far less likely to pressure you to drink because you’re their ride home. Win-win.
Celebrate being Irish in a way that doesn’t involve drinking. I LOVE Irish music and even though I am not at all Irish, I think it would be so fun to celebrate the holiday by going somewhere that had live bands playing traditional Irish music. Doing so gives you something else to focus on aside from the fact that you’re not drinking.